12 Times WWE Wrestlers Got Beaten Up In The Ring For Real
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Wrestling is scripted--except, of course, when it isn't.
Most times, when one wrestler injures another wrestler, it's an accident. An errant knee breaks a nose. A botched piledriver sprains a neck. A stiff kick fractures a rib. All it takes is a small miscommunication to send someone to the ER.
But every now and then, it isn't an accident. Maybe it's a hazing ritual. Maybe it's a punishment for backstage drama. Maybe it's a "receipt" for a wrestler who works dangerously or hurts his opponents. Regardless, the injury is purposeful, and the beatdown happens on national television, in front of a live audience.
Because the point of professional wrestling is to look real, it can be hard to distinguish a real beatdown from a staged one. It's only years later, via shoot interviews, that fans can confirm the truth. Here are 12 times unlucky WWE wrestlers got mauled in the ring for real, and why.